Valley may get strong wind, rains through weekend

A second storm front rushing in from the coast today could bring street flooding and strong winds into the Rogue Valley through the weekend, weather officials said.

Jackson County could see an inch of rain over the next 24 hours, which could cause localized flooding in the streets, said Shad Keene, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Medford.

"We have a really big storm offshore that is just sending in these fronts, one after another," Keene said.

The heavy rain is expected to pick up this afternoon and will carry into Friday, Keene said.

It won't break rainfall records in the Rogue Valley, but it could cause some tough conditions while it's here, Keene said.

"We could have flooding on roads and streets that could make it difficult to travel," he said.

Meanwhile, a wind advisory is in place for the area that could carry into the weekend.

Gusts of more than 30 mph could rush through Medford in the coming days.

The strongest winds could be in Ashland, with gusts of 40 mph expected.

These gusts could make it difficult for semi-trailers to cross the mountain passes, the weather service reported.

The one bit of good news is that snow levels should remain at the 5,500-foot level, which will leave the Siskiyou Summit and Lake of the Woods free of snow, Keene said.

"The passes will see plenty of rain, but no snow," he said.

The coast is expected to get pounded, with 8 inches of rain expected in the upper elevations of Curry County. Brookings could see 3 inches in town, Keene said.

The weather service warns of possible mudslides and debris flows along the coast, which could close some roads.

Northern California also could be hit hard by the storm, with near-record rainfall expected around the area of Mount Shasta, Keene said.

"This could be a top-five event of all-time for that area," he said.

High temperatures through the weekend will remain in the 50s, with lows dipping into the mid-40s.

The wet conditions are expected to linger. The next bit of sunshine that could poke through the clouds might not appear until well into next week, the weather service reports.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email

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